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Realising safely managed sanitation in Lao PDR

In Lao PDR the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector is guided by the Government Vision for ‘Promoting access to safe and reliable water supply and sanitation for everyone’ and the National WASH policy 2019. The elimination of open defecation is the key sector priority. According to the National Strategy for Rural WASH 2019-2030 Lao PDR expects to achieve universal access to basic water and sanitation services by 2030.

Coverage figures for safely managed sanitation are still quite low, mostly because safe faecal sludge management and treatment (before disposal or as final solution in a pit) are not in common use yet.

This paper explores existing regulatory frameworks around faecal waste management, faecal sludge accumulation rates, and associated pit filling rates in the SSH4A programme districts.

Some relevant considerations emerging from the research are:

  1. Encourage and support the construction of toilets that are appropriate to local conditions.
  2. Promote toilet designs that meet ‘basic’ sanitation criteria but that over time can be easily upgraded to meet safely managed sanitation criteria (e.g., from single pit to alternating twin pits).
  3. Do not promote toilets that require frequent emptying in areas where affordable mechanised pit emptying services will not become available in the foreseeable future.
TitleRealising safely managed sanitation in Lao PDR
Publication TypeBriefing Note
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBaetings, E.
Secondary TitleSSH4A learning paper
Pagination18 p. : 15 fig., 4 ill.
Date Published12/2021
PublisherSNV and IRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, the Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

In Lao PDR the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector is guided by the Government Vision for ‘Promoting access to safe and reliable water supply and sanitation for everyone’ and the National WASH policy 2019. The elimination of open defecation is the key sector priority. According to the National Strategy for Rural WASH 2019-2030 Lao PDR expects to achieve universal access to basic water and sanitation services by 2030.

Coverage figures for safely managed sanitation are still quite low, mostly because safe faecal sludge management and treatment (before disposal or as final solution in a pit) are not in common use yet.

This paper explores existing regulatory frameworks around faecal waste management, faecal sludge accumulation rates, and associated pit filling rates in the SSH4A programme districts.

Some relevant considerations emerging from the research are:

  1. Encourage and support the construction of toilets that are appropriate to local conditions.
  2. Promote toilet designs that meet ‘basic’ sanitation criteria but that over time can be easily upgraded to meet safely managed sanitation criteria (e.g., from single pit to alternating twin pits).
  3. Do not promote toilets that require frequent emptying in areas where affordable mechanised pit emptying services will not become available in the foreseeable future.
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Citation Key88441

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